25 Mar 2021: This Lexus car can play vinyl records on the move
In collaboration with Pitchfork and Los Angeles-based custom fabrication studio SCPS, Lexus has created a one-off Wax Edition of its 2021 IS sports sedan.
The car comes with a turntable built into the dashboard, which can play vinyl records when the four-wheeler is in motion without missing a beat, even when traversing bumpy roads.
Here are more details.
Mechanism: How does the player work?
SCPS has used 3D printing and a mix of carbon fiber and aluminium to create a custom record player that sits on a silicone pad to absorb shocks.
While driving, a micro-adjustable tonearm and stepper motor keep the record spinning without skipping.
The device, housed in the glovebox section, plays tunes using the car's 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with 7.1 surround sound.
Fact: A music project is also on the way
Lexus and Pitchfork have also joined hands with music producers Kaytranada and Madlib to create a double-single record for the Wax Edition. The 7-inch vinyl will be up for grabs soon as part of the 'Vinyl Me, Please' subscription service.
Exteriors: The car sports a large blacked-out grille
Meanwhile, the Lexus IS Wax Edition has an aggressive look, featuring a sloping roofline, a muscular bonnet, a large blacked-out mesh grille, and sleek triple-beam LED headlights.
On the sides, it is flanked by blacked-out B-pillars, ORVMs, and multi-spoke designer alloy wheels.
A full-width "blade-style" taillight and dual exhaust tips are available on the rear end.
Fact: It is offered with a choice of three engines
Lexus IS is offered with a choice of three engines: a 2.0-liter turbocharged mill that makes 241hp/350Nm, a 3.5-liter V6 motor that generates 260hp/320Nm, and another 3.5-liter V6 unit that churns out 311hp/380Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed and 8-speed AMT gearboxes.
Interiors: The vehicle has a spacious cabin with many safety features
The Lexus IS Wax Edition has a spacious cabin with a sunroof, leather upholstery, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, powered front seats, and a multifunctional steering wheel.
It houses a touchscreen infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
For passengers' safety, multiple airbags, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and automated emergency braking facility are available.
Fact: Lexus IS Wax Edition: Pricing and availability
The Lexus IS Wax Edition is a one-off car and its pricing details have not been announced. For reference, the standard Lexus IS carries a starting price-tag of $40,025 (approximately Rs. 29 lakh).